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Old 02-06-06, 02:27 PM   #1
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One more reason to ALWAYS carry a chain tool

This morning I opted for the 1982 peugot road bike I picked up at a thrift store last week. About 5.5 miles into the commute, the rear der. simply broke off. The friction shifting had been acting up for a couple of miles but I had no idea it was self destructing. I had no problems with it on longer rides this weekend. As near as I can tell, there had been a hairline fracture for years and it finally failed today in the cold air (25 degrees).

As I sat there evaluating my options, it quickly became clear that I had to make a single speed out of the drive train. I took about 8 inches out of the chain and put it into my favorite gear (which luckily was pretty straight back) before sliding the axel as far back as possible into the semi-horizontal drop-outs and tightening the crap out of the QR. I only had another 4 miles to work but so far it has worked like a charm. Life would have sucked if I hadn't had my topeak hummer in my pack. Lesson learned.....always carry a chain tool or you may be walking to work. With enough miles, each of us will loose a deraileur at some point.
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Old 02-06-06, 02:41 PM   #2
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I have only broken a chain once (never a derailuer), but haven't riden without a chaintool since. I just make sure whatever multitool I have with me has a built in tool for the chain...
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Old 02-06-06, 03:18 PM   #3
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I've been lucky and never needed a chain tool on the road. However, the stories I've seen here on BF have compelled me to look for a new multitool with a built-in chain tool.
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I've been lucky and never needed a chain tool on the road. However, the stories I've seen here on BF have compelled me to look for a new multitool with a built-in chain tool.
Good idea. Just make sure you aren't still looking when you finally need one.
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I carry a small seperate chain tool, and a spare master link.

I hate walking
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I have always carried a chaintool and spare pins for my Shimano Ultegra 9speed. However, I do not have pins for my bike with Campy setup. My question is, once I have pulled out the pins, how long will they last after I reuse them, if that is at all permissible?
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I carry a Park Tool CT-5 and two spare gold power links.
Haven't had to use them yet, fortunately.
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I've been riding for 25 years and have NEVER had a problem with the chain on a ride. I lube it before every ride ... nice oportunity to check things before heading out the door. No, I don't carry any tools on the road other than for repairing a flat. Isn't that what maintenance is for??

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I've got a chain tool in the pack, and plan to replace the combo of the crappy multitool, tire levers, and chain tool that I currently carry with an Alien II, which looks pretty cool. I'm kind of saving it as an excuse to stop by AE Bike next time I drive by Kalamazoo.
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I carry an extra link and a multitool with a chain tool. I have never used either, but a stuck MTB'er was able to use my chain tool to fix a broken chain (at least enough to get home), so that makes it worth it.
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I carry a Park Tool CT-5 and two spare gold power links.
Haven't had to use them yet, fortunately.
Heh, I was thinking of doing the same, carrying some extra Powerlinks.
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Good idea. Just make sure you aren't still looking when you finally need one.
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Ordered last night. Thanks for the kick in the butt -- I was honestly thinking about your post when deciding between sleep and staying-up to finish placing my order. I like this Hexus tool -- I now have a chain tool and, bonus! I don't have to carry a spoke wrench or tire irons anymore. But I must ask, how does a simple order for a multitool turn into $200 of cycling goodies? Having a $50 gift card makes it a smaller but still... yikes! (my only "indulgence" was a shop apron -- everything else was stuff like replacement cleats, fresh tire, chain links, etc -- tired of getting grease and stuff on my t-shirts!)
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As I sat there evaluating my options, it quickly became clear that I had to make a single speed out of the drive train. I took about 8 inches out of the chain and put it into my favorite gear (which luckily was pretty straight back) before sliding the axel as far back as possible into the semi-horizontal drop-outs and tightening the crap out of the QR. I only had another 4 miles to work but so far it has worked like a charm. Life would have sucked if I hadn't had my topeak hummer in my pack.
I had a similar crisis a few months ago. Broke a chain with many miles and several big hills left to go. Once I go the single speed worked up, I actually had a great ride home. Blasting those hilss convinced me to switching my commuter to a full time SS.
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I've been riding for 25 years and have NEVER had a problem with the chain on a ride. I lube it before every ride ... nice oportunity to check things before heading out the door. No, I don't carry any tools on the road other than for repairing a flat. Isn't that what maintenance is for??

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Yes, and I have found that regular maintenance gets rid of 100% of my "oh s$$t" situations.

My dad had a brand new chain break on him unexpectedly once. A chain tool and link is a worthwhile insurance policy.
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I had a similar crisis a few months ago. Broke a chain with many miles and several big hills left to go. Once I go the single speed worked up, I actually had a great ride home. Blasting those hilss convinced me to switching my commuter to a full time SS.
I can relate. It was so fun to just ride yesterday and not worry about gearing that today I have spent most of my morning dreaming of how to fix one of my bikes. Why not go all the way with this?
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Done

Ordered last night. Thanks for the kick in the butt -- I was honestly thinking about your post when deciding between sleep and staying-up to finish placing my order. I like this Hexus tool -- I now have a chain tool and, bonus! I don't have to carry a spoke wrench or tire irons anymore. But I must ask, how does a simple order for a multitool turn into $200 of cycling goodies? Having a $50 gift card makes it a smaller but still... yikes! (my only "indulgence" was a shop apron -- everything else was stuff like replacement cleats, fresh tire, chain links, etc -- tired of getting grease and stuff on my t-shirts!)
Glad to hear it. You will love that tool. It is the best multi-tool incorporated chain tool I have found. I don't really care for the screw-drivers, however.

In my experience it is not wanting to waste the $5.00 in shipping costs that turn an order into a mortgage. Have fun.
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